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Satch wrote a review of on February 1, 2012

4 5

nice bars and at the price from h&r/cl, they are unbeatable.

i've always like easton bars, but went from those (711, dh carbon) to the 711 sunline. small penalty in weight, but the carbons were getting old.

then moved to the 745 length. didn't seem like much difference visually, but i was more conscious of it through tight spots. handling was very good.

downside is the weight of the 38/745. big jump from the 38/711 or the 19/745's, but the weight penalty of these bars are worth it. would have to go carbon to make a significant difference.

so, cl, how about a 750mm carbon dh bar?

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Satch wrote a review of on October 16, 2011

4 5

very nice, tough, utilitarian looking stem.

there have been a number of reviews with bolt issues, or the bar not on tight enough (mtbr). it is true that the bolts are small, at least relative to the bolts on my easton havoc stem.

to resolve the bolt issue put some (teflon) grease on bolt threads to prevent binding. it's easy enough to then tighten sufficiently.

it's a very good stem- light and strong. bomb-proof thus far.

although i've not had any issues with this stem, minus 1 star for those who've had bolts break or afraid to tighten sufficiently and had their bars move.

looks very cool too.

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Satch wrote a review of on June 3, 2011

5 5

i've owned a dakine nomad for several years. only negative was the leaky nalgene bladder (which rei let me swap for a camelbak bladder). anyway, glad to see dakine resolved this issue with a new and improved bladder system. venting system has improved somewhat as well.

the difference between the nomad and this pack are essentially a large, full pack length storage pocket and external side pockets (handy) of the larger nomad. but the nomad is bigger and sits lower. 90% of my rides i can use the smaller drafter pack. this line of dakine packs are made of heavy duty material which allows them to stay firm and keep their shape- and will last forever. the inside organization pockets are well thought out.

for mtn biking this pack can save you. i crashed in a rock garden not wearing my body armor, flipped onto a large rock on my back, and the nomad saved my spine. felt like i landed on a water bed. well, almost. packs with lightweight materials may not be as firm or in-place when you eat it, and likely won't come away as unscathed as the nomad does time and again. if you're a weight weenie, look elsewhere, like maybe the AMP line, but if you ride aggressively you're in the right place.

for cool weather if carrying extra clothes or gear, go nomad, otherwise the drafter is the ticket if you want 3l (100oz) hydration.

btw- beware of biking with packs with metal frames. they may vent well, but can be dangerous on a spill.

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Satch wrote a review of on May 15, 2010

5 5

These are DH or rock garden shorts, not enduro XC/trail shorts (those are their Raptor shorts). Made with ripstock in front areas (tan colored areas), and a much tougher set of materials for the sides and back (most of the black color- except for the front). A bit too burly for a long ride, but very tough if you ride hard or just tend to hit things. Also good in the cooler seasons. Great attention to detail, excellent liner, and even smooth cloth under the knee area so pads to get hung up, vents front and rear, two zippered front pockets, over the knee length, but not too long. You won't rip these.Jett Gear supplies the Yeti Team. High price, but pro gear- not posers with just a fancy logo to buy into.
These tend to run big, so if you're not sure, size down.

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Satch wrote a review of on January 11, 2010

5 5

..well, these aren't short shorts! Unlike some of the youth shorts these are nice and long with good pockets and padded liner. Much better than tidy whities under shorts.

First real bike shorts my son has owned and he loves 'em. Most of the guys I take him riding with are 20+ years older than him, so now he feels more like one of the boys with his cool Fox shorts. Seems pretty true to size, except that my son is pretty thin and surprisingly the liner fits prefect. If your son is more along the average weight category or higher for his age, you may want to try a size up.

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Satch wrote a review of on December 16, 2009

4 5

Got myself this for Xmas (from my kids), so haven't tried it yet on a ride.
I'm 5'9", 165lbs, 39-40" chest and the Med fit perfect. It's a nice loose cut, which I like, and tons of venting- great for SoCal. The short-sleeves are longer than others and the shirt looks well made.
I got the white and the green is not as subdued as in the pics. My son saw it when I tried it on and loved the 'toothpaste-green' color. The collar is wide and good for getting air, with the whole thing kinda giving a poncho sort of look. My wife laughed, but that's not a bad thing. :)

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Satch wrote a review of on December 16, 2009

4 5

Just got this jersey, so haven't tried it in the field yet. Also got the Dakine Chop Shop jersey as well. The Chop Shop is roomier than this one by a bit, probably allowing for armor. This one is more like a T-shirt, but poly material for wicking. Vents under the pits a good plus.
I'm 5'9", 165lbs, chest 39-40" (40" in suit jacket) and the medium fits well, but I prefer the slightly roomier Chop Shop, or this in a large. If you're thin (I'm not) and like a T-shirt look, go with the sizing. If you like roomier, or wear armor, go up a size.
I'm impressed with these 2 jerseys. Very well made, like my Nomad hydropak, and a steal at H&R pricing.

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Satch wrote a review of on December 16, 2009

5 5

Just got this jersey, but haven't ridden with it yet. Like my Dakine Nomad hydro-pack this looks very well made with good attention to detail. I'm 5'9" and 165lbs chest 39-40" (40"suit jacket) and the med fits well. Could have also gone with the large no-problem, especially if with armor.
I particularly like the mesh vents down the side, which are hard to see in the pics, but great for riding here in SoCal.
Great Value!! Trying it out right after I get it for Xmas. :)

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Satch wrote a review of on October 18, 2004

5 5

I've had these sunglasses for a few weeks now. I purchased them for several reasons- Spy optic is a California company that has a very good reputation and makes some of the coolest shades today (made Italy, not China). The polarization membrane is in the lens, not a film on the outside of the lens as often found in sunglasses. My experience with an outside polarized film is that it eventually rubs off if you clean your glasses a lot. These glasses also feature a venting system to eliminate fogging of the lenses. Could be important if you are riding a motorcycle, or live in an area where morning fogging occurs. Riding my mountain bike in southern CA, this was not a major concern for me. The lenses are also removable- and Backcountry offers Spy optic color lenses (for example- orange) that could be put in on overcast days. I don't know how easy replacement is as I already have orange lenses for my older glasses (mentioned above). The only downside to the wide wrap/venting system is that the arms (?) of the glasses are relatively short. If pressed hard enough when the glasses are off and folded, the end of the ear piece can rub against the inside of the lens. Spy optic protects all its lenses with a scratch resistant surface, but I wouldn't jam these glasses it an overly stuffed backpack without a hardcase for protection. Probably not a bad idea for any sunglasses you may purchase. Overall, extremely happy with the look and function of these shades, and with the fast and courteous service provided by Backcountry.com. Hope this is of some help for your purchase.

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